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Master and Commander Audiobook
Master and Commander
Written by: 
Patrick O'Brian
Narrated by: 
Patrick Tull
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Master and Commander Audiobook

Master and Commander: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Let more academic folk reach for Moby Dick; I'll take the Aubrey / Maturin series every time. The first of what has been called "the best [series of] historical novels ever written", Master and Commander has everything a good adventure story needs: well-drawn characters, a unique backdrop, and rousing action. And in Patrick Tull, it has the perfect narrator - the voice of an old sea dog who enjoys nothing more than sharing a well-told tale. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, Royal Navy, and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against the thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the road of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Don't miss the rest of the Aubrey/Maturin series.

©1984 Patrick O'Brian; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC.

What the Critics Say

"The best historical novels ever written." (The New York Times Book Review)
"No writer alive can move one as O'Brian can; no one can make you laugh so loud with hilarity, whiten your knuckles with unbearable tension or choke with emotion. He is the master." (Irish Times)

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    Colleen 02-25-12
    Colleen 02-25-12

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    "A 'New' Patrick O'Brian"
    What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

    I was able to 'see' the action for not having to 'read' it as well...oh my! I love this series read by Patrick Tull....!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Jack Aubrey...he is like all of us...Everyman! He is not above a few shenanigans, but he knows where his line is drawn...


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    I think the Doctor...he is endearing for his inability to actually see that he has 'issues' I mean that in a very liking way...he is addicted to drugs and has no idea...being a doctor, seems like he might get a clue...but no...:)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they became friends..right up front...the stiffness, the judgement, without knowing the other was a same gender soul mate..then the realization they were a good pair...


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series 2 times through...and adore it, but when I listened to it, I found whole parts I could enjoy for the pure moving pictures in my head....Patrick Tull's narration bothered me in the beginning, But now,

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    Bradley Stafford, VA, United States 02-23-12
    Bradley Stafford, VA, United States 02-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Perfect Start to a Wonderful Sea Adventure"
    What did you love best about Master and Commander?

    Character development. Historical research and basis. Transported back 200 Years


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Master and Commander?

    Chance meeting of Aubrey and Maturin at the beginning of the novel. Unique method to start such a magnificiant friendship and continuing adventure.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Which everone Tull was perfoming at the time. Tull and O'Brian are Bookends to a wonderful adventure.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An Adventure that you will wish would never end.


    Any additional comments?

    Entertainment at it best. Spellbinding and actually educational. I have listened to this entire series twice and hope to complete once more before I venture to meet Aubrey, Maturin, O'bian and Tull in the here after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Vaughn, MT, United States 02-13-12
    Elizabeth Vaughn, MT, United States 02-13-12
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    "perfect performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Master and Commander to be better than the print version?

    A favorite series of mine for years, now every time I read one of the books I will hear the characters in my head as voiced so perfectly by Patrick Tull.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 01-28-12
    bob LIBERTY HILL, TX, United States 01-28-12
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    "Superb reading!"
    What made the experience of listening to Master and Commander the most enjoyable?

    The quality of the reading brought the story to life. I don't think it would have been the same if I had read the print copy alone.


    What other book might you compare Master and Commander to and why?

    I have not comparable book to recommend.


    Have you listened to any of Patrick Tull’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A rollicking good tale of the sea and friendship.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim WARMINSTER, PA, United States 12-26-11
    Jim WARMINSTER, PA, United States 12-26-11

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    "Excellent Presentation"
    Where does Master and Commander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top.Very interesting and very well presented


    Any additional comments?

    The narration of this exciting story is top rate..he even makes casual conversation interesting,and brings the story to life.This is a very good book and I recommmend it to anyone that likes a good adventure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Annapolis, MD, United States 12-23-11
    Patrick Annapolis, MD, United States 12-23-11

    Stbdtack

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    "These Are the Best Novels Ever Written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, 100%. Master and Commander begins a great adventure that takes most people years to complete -- what joy!


    Which character – as performed by Patrick Tull – was your favorite?

    Maturin, but he does all so well it's hard to choose. I've read this whole series in print numerous times, and I'm finding them a wonderful new adventure because of Tull's perfect interpretation.


    Who was the most memorable character of Master and Commander and why?

    Aubrey and Maturin. Their personalities are so well developed and portrayed -- sets up the rest of the series exceptionally well. Bet you can't read just one. . .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 12-13-11
    Anthony 12-13-11

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This is a great series"

    I really enjoy this series, very happy to see this series on Audible. Can't wait to listen to the next title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart 06-18-11
    Stuart 06-18-11
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    "Very nice"

    I had tried to read this book some years ago and it just seemed to move to slowly. I never got very far. I love this genre and when this was on sale I thought I'd try it. This narrator is most expressive and brings the characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed his read and have already ordered book 2 before this one is finished. I only gave 4 stars because I think Alexander Kent is a 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 02-01-11
    Mark United States 02-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Fascinating Narrative Damped by Narrator"

    I'm two hours in and have heard the narrator - recorded in the 1980s - swallow painfully and at improbable length more times than in all 60+ Audible titles combined which I have heard thus far.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bishop 01-31-11
    Bishop 01-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Captures the Period of the Era Well"

    I'm on book 18 of this series now and have decided to review what I've listened to so far. In the first hour or so I didn't think I'd like this book. It seemed to start slow and the older-sounding reader wasn't what I visualized as the voice of the young, adventurous captain (commander). After the characters got to sea though everything fell into place. Patrick Tull turned-out to be an excellent narator...he is great at giving unique voices for the different characters. The action starts flowing thick and fast, and Dr. Matruin is a great stand-in for the reader who is not a naval expert. Explanations given to the doctor help you understand a lot more of what is going-on...though it's still nice to have wikipedia handy to look-up terms. If you are interested in naval combat in the age of sail/napoleonic age then this book is a must have. What I especially like about this series is that it shows the imperfections of the characters and the age and doesn't just draw a black and white heroic epic. The only negatives I have on this book is that (1) it starts a bit slow and (2) you really need to go beyond the first book to really appreciate the characters and the story. All in all, this is a great book for those who love war at sea in the age of sail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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